A South Tyneside dance teacher has spoken of her “overwhelming” pride at her school’s recent success.
Melanie Moore launched her freestyle dance school just over 12 months ago and says the way her students are performing has left her full of hope for the future.
The 21-year-old took 10 dancers to compete in their first dance championship in Scarborough and everyone came home with a trophy.
Seven of her dancers made the solo grand finals with four going on to be crowned winners.
Melanie said: “It was a big championship and we went not expecting anything, it was all about giving them the experience of a big contest and to have fun as a dance family.
“Then one by one they started winning trophies – it was amazing.
“It was one the best weekend’s of my life and I really couldn’t be more proud of the girls if I tried. Their attitude, performance, dedication and support has been more than amazing.
“A lot of the girls who came to me had never danced before so to be winning trophies at this level in such a short space of time – you just describe it.
“I’m really looking to the New Year and taking the girls to harder competitions and travelling all over the country.
“I would love the girls to have the amazing experience I had when I danced.”
Melanie, a former dancer, teaches pupils ranging from the age of three and is hoping to one day launch an adult freestyle dance classes.
Sessions are held at Low Simonside and the Neon Social Club, both Jarrow and Temple Park, South Shields.
For information on the dance school call Melanie on 075 7245 8354.